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Manhattan DA, law officials push for encryption legislation

Calling it an issue of victims' rights, the Manhattan district attorney urged Congress to pass legislation that would require tech companies to give law enforcement a way to access information on encrypted phones and other devices.

Cyrus Vance Jr. said that while the debate over encryption has centered on issues of privacy and national security, the implications go far beyond that. The Manhattan district attorney's office currently has 230 phones involved in cases that it has warrants to search, but can't access the information inside.

"There are victims of crime, survivors of crime, that are waiting for the Senate to lead and find a way forward, so we can access key...